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Athleisure - - Contents - with La La An­thony

This month’s fea­ture is with La La An­thony as we talk about bal­anc­ing her busy sched­ule, be­ing a mom and more.

When it comes to some­one who has a num­ber of cred­its across ver­ti­cals to her name in en­ter­tain­ment, La La An­thony is on that list. This pow­er­house started in Ra­dio, went on to VJ on MTV's TRL, is a best sell­ing au­thor, a beauty mogul with her brand La La An­thony Mo­tives, had a suc­cess­ful re­al­ity se­ries and di­rects/pro­duces. As an ac­tress in a num­ber of movies and shows, fans know her as LaKeisha in STARZ's Power. Cur­rently she is tap­ing the up­com­ing sea­son of Power and with the year com­ing to a close, we wanted to to know about the im­por­tance of lean­ing into all of your tal­ents - no mat­ter how many there are, how she is able to multi-task and be present and to con­tinue her suc­cess.

ATH­LEISURE MAG: When you say La La An­thony, you are a legacy. Start­ing from ra­dio and many of us first heard you as a VJ on MTV, to be­ing some­one who owns a beauty line and is an ac­tress and best sell­ing au­thor. How im­por­tant is it to es­tab­lish your­self as a pow­er­house not only for your­self, but for women and women of color?

LA LA AN­THONY: I think it’s im­por­tant! You want to stand for some­thing and be about some­thing. For me, it’s al­ways been about show peo­ple that you can do more than just one thing and be great at it. You can start in ra­dio, be a VJ, have a re­al­ity show, be an ac­tress, be an au­thor, be a pro­ducer and be great at all of them! So many times peo­ple try to put us in these boxes and say, “if you’re a VJ, that’s all you’re go­ing to be and if you’re a ra­dio host, that’s all you’re go­ing to be.” I’m just try­ing to con­tin­u­ally break those mis­con­cep­tions and those bar­ri­ers down.

AM: We know that we’re busy and many of us are in a num­ber of projects, but you are con­stantly on the move – how do you keep it to­gether with your sched­ule, your fam­ily, a num­ber of red car­pets….

LA: I al­ways say that I don't sleep! But no, you have to pri­or­i­tize and I al­ways say that my son comes be­fore any­thing else. Be­ing a mom is my most im­por­tant job and I put him be­fore any­thing. I have a great sup­port sys­tem and am so for­tu­nate to have a fam­ily that helps me out with Kiyan when I need it, friends that can help me out so if I’m at work at 4am in the morn­ing or like a day like to­day that the alarm went off at 5:30am in the morn­ing and I was like, ugh – I know that my mom is there to help and Melo is an amaz­ing dad and has al­ways stepped in and been a great fa­ther and part­ner for me when it comes to rais­ing Kiyan. We just make it work!

AM: School is a large part of your fo­cus with Kiyan and we’re in the midst of cold sea­son, how do you go against that to make sure that your son is fine and you com­ing off of set with all the germs that are found in these ar­eas?

LA: The first thing is to wash your hands and I’m con­stantly do­ing that! I’m shak­ing peo­ple’s hands all day, Kiyan’s hands and I’m al­ways dis­in­fect­ing and us­ing Lysol dis­in­fect­ing spray to take care of my kitchen, bath­room, video game con­sole, and it brings me to the part­ner­ship that I have with them known as the One Less Sick Day Pro­gram. It’s all about re­duc­ing the num­ber of sick days in school which starts at home. You have to make sure that you’re do­ing your part at home so that these kids aren’t com­ing into the school sick. When kids have sick days, not only are they not feel­ing well, but when you’re at work, it also throws your sched­ule off. They’re miss­ing school or Kiyan’s miss­ing school and bas­ket­ball prac­tice and it throws ev­ery­thing into dis­ar­ray. We want to pre­vent that and one of the things that Lysol is do­ing is pro­vid­ing 10,000 schools with Kinsa ther­mome­ters which helps with early de­tec­tion of cold and flu symp­toms and viruses which is great be­cause a lot of these schools don’t have the proper tools to help with this prop­erly and it’s why I wanted to be a part of this pro­gram.

AM: How do you stay fit be­cause you al­ways look amaz­ing.

LA: I do work­out and I re­al­ize that you can’t cheat the gym no mat­ter what you do! You al­ways have to go back to the gym. I do tra­di­tional weights with my trainer, a FlyWheel Bike in my house that they gifted me which I am so grate­ful for that. So I do FlyWheel at home and box­ing I love. You have to find things that you do that you love or you will never be able to stick to it. I’d be ly­ing if I said that I loved work­ing out, but I know that it is some­thing that I have to do to stay in shape and be healthy. But I am not one of those peo­ple that are like, “hey I’m go­ing to the gym to­day and I can’t wait to work out – it’s just not me!”

AM: We’re all about mo­ments here so who are 3 peo­ple that in­spired you in your ca­reer, where those were your key mo­ments that you needed that lit­tle push to take it to the next level.

LA: I think that watch­ing some of my men­tors from Oprah to Mrs. Obama, just they em­body ev­ery­thing I want to be as a woman as a suc­cess­ful ca­reer woman. Mrs. Obama as a suc­cess­ful ca­reer woman, wife and mom. Oprah Win­frey, build­ing this en­tire legacy and ev­ery­thing that she stands for – so I just watch peo­ple that I love and watch what they nav­i­gate and if I can even get a piece of what they are do­ing cor­rectly, then I would be very happy! For me in my day-to-day life, it has al­ways been my mom. She hasn’t had this amaz­ing ca­reer, but she has given me so much life com­mon sense that has taken me fur­ther than a lot of the busi­ness ad­vice that I have ever got­ten. Be­cause my mom al­ways says that, “when it is all said and done – some of these an­swers are just com­mon sense and you guys just make it so com­pli­cated.” That has re­ally helped me through­out my jour­ney as well.


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